Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Do all roads lead to Basho? - Saturday, Sept 21st - Pacific Asia Museum

One of the perks of hosting HNA is that the organizing committee ends up meeting new haiku poets in the region, where "new" is defined as "new to us".

Here in Southern California after HNA 2013, one of these poets is Stewart Baker, a research librarian from Cal State University, Dominguez Hills. Unfortunately for us, but fantastic for Oregon haiku poets, he recently accepted a position at a college in Oregon and will be moving to Oregon in October.

For those who missed his HNA session, "Do all roads lead to Basho?" on HNA 2013's Thursday morning line-up, we have great news!

Stewart is going to present his paper at the September 21st haiku meeting, which starts at 2:00 p.m. at the Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena.  (The museum is on Los Robles, one block north of Colorado Blvd).

Here is the description from the HNA program:

"What is haiku?  Who was Basho?  This paper by Stewart Baker employs post-structural theories to explode these seemingly simple questions.  By looking at a haibun and two haiku of Basho's, he will show that how we answer questions about haiku says more about ourselves and our differences than the original, unknowable reality-especially when we are looking at translations."

Hope to see you there!   We will also have a read-around of haiku, and if time, will workshop some of our own haiku.


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